Sapa is located at the foothills of Vietnam’s northern mountain range. It is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province. Sapa is a modest and quiet land but it hides many wonders of nature. Sapa’s scenery is the combination of human creativity and mountains’ topography and green forests, all creates a romantic area.
Engulfing in clouds, Sapa is – a magical area. Its weather is cool and fresh, creating diverse nuances. Its average temperature is from 15° C to 18 ° C. The rainy season is from May to August. The dry season in Sapa lasts from January to June. The coldest months are January and February. The most excellent weather is from March.
Sa Pa name is originated in Mandarin. Sa is called “Pả”, “Sa” means sand and “Pả” is beach, in Mandarin. From two words “Sa Pả”, Westerners often pronounce with no sign, so it is changed into Sa Pa.
Sa Pa has Phan Si Pang peak (3.143m) on the Hoang Lien Son range. The mountain range was named after a pharmaceutical tree, Hoang Lien Son.
Sapa was originally home to the Black Hmong ethnic minorities. With the growth of tourism, many of the hill tribes have moved away from Sapa’s city centre into the surrounding hill country. Weavings and artwork are often sold at main market by ethnic minorities.
Sapa with more than 57 motels and hotels (including 3-4 stars hotels), it welcomes thousands of domestic and international visitors there annually. Tourism is really a potential sector of Sapa. It contributes to reduce poverty rate from 70% in 1992 down to 22% in 2000.
Sapa has become a best destination for travelers seeking adventure. Come to Sapa to explore its hidden charm!
Night 1: Be escorted to the railway station by HE staff for boarding the train to travel up Lao Cai city.
Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa – Hill Tribe villages - Homestay (B/D)
5.00: Arrive at Lao Cai Train station in the early morning. Be picked up by your tour guide and taken an 01hr drive to Sapa for breakfast and morning shower in a local restaurant. Free time to visit Sapa town and market.
2.00pm: (4hr trekking) Visit Lao Chai Village – home of Black H’mong minority. Trekking through Muong Hoa Valley with many beautiful sceneries along the river, then reach Ta Van village to make friends with a Dzay family where your dinner and homestay are served here.
Night 2: Homestay at Dzay family
Day 2: Tavan – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Lao Cai station (B)
Wake up with the locals in the sound of pigs, chickens and the family dogs. The family is already on their feet preparing your breakfast. Farewell to the family and trek through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai - home of Red Dzao people. Meet and talk to people to learn more about their daily life, customs and traditions. Pass over the Cau May (Rattan Bridge) then back to Sapa Town by private car. Free afternoon to discover Sa Pa town or shopping in the local market.
16.30: Leave the town for Lao Cai train station. Dinner (on your own cost) and lounge in a local restaurant here then catch the night train back to Hanoi.
Night 3: Night train back to Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi
The train arrives at Hanoi in the early morning, Hanoi Elegance Hotel staff will pick you up, and escort you back to the hotel (optional).
|Private group|| Standard
|1 person||230 / person||N/A|
|2 persons||195 / person||N/A|
|3 persons||185 / person||N/A|
|4 persons||180 / person||N/A|
NoteJoin-in group is not available. Please contact us if you need further information
Private transfers, 02 round trip train tickets in a 4 soft-sleeper shared-cabin*, E.S. guide, admission fees, meal as specified @
Homestay - opt 1
Hotel - opt 2
Homestay & hotel - opt 3
Homestay & hotel & market tour - opt 4
* Should you would like to charter the whole cabin to have more privacy aboard, there will be a surcharge of USD80 x 2 person.
Insurance, drinks, other personal expenses. Tips are welcome!
What to bring: Passport, comfortable footwear for trekking, insect repellent, rain gears, hat, sun cream, warm clothing.